There is legislation to ensure that transporters pay special attention to the loading of their vehicles and how loads are transported on our public roads. This legislation is referred to as the Consignor/ Consignee legislation.
The main objective of the legislation is to provide guidance and enforce the process through which consignors and consignees control goods that are transported on public roads.
It is important to understand who the different parties are in the freight transport process:
A consignor is a person who is sending the shipment to be delivered by land of more than 500 tons of goods in one month by road. This also applies to a consignor who uses an operator of a vehicle, either directly or through an agent, to transport these goods.
The consignee is the person who is intended to receive the goods of more than 500 tons in a month and who actually receives these goods once they have been transported by road.
What does the legislation require from the Consignor and the Consignee of loads?
Steps that may be required from those transporting loads